Friday, October 31, 2008

The Dutch are making money with open source software

I just want to take a moment to congratulate Stani Michiels, the creator of Stani's Python IDE.

Stani has won a contest to create the Architecture Fiver, a commemorative Dutch 5 euro coin:

The front side shows the portrait of Queen Beatrice emerging from a spiral of the names of Dutch architects, ordered by the number of internet hits. The back side shows a number of books (authored by Dutch architects), rising up as if they are buildings, their roofs forming the contours of a map of the Netherlands.

I think this is a truly creative and beautiful design, and I think the price is well-deserved.

An extra tidbit that interests me is that the design was created exclusively by Open Source and Free software tools (predominantly Python). So literally, this is money made by open source software. Read all about it on his blog: SPE IDE - Stani's Python Editor: How to make money with free software....

Stani, Kudos to you - When I get my hands one of these I'll keep it for display. You can be sure the image of the coin will make its way to many presentations on open source business.

Read all about it on Stani's blog

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